Friday, September 7, 2012

The Power of Prayer

We all know that prayer is powerful. I think sometimes I get so caught up in what I'm doing in life that I don't realize just how powerful it can be. The past two weeks, God has given me an amazing reminder of just what can happen when His people pray.

If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

I cannot count how many people have told us they have been praying for us. In fact, I completely lost count after 7,000. What is so amazing, is that we feel that. Every day gets a little better, but there are always those bad moments where something triggers a breakdown. During those moments, I can almost feel God wrapping His arms around me. Never once, even in my worst times the last two weeks, have I ever felt alone.

The night before Barrett was born, I was so broken. I was lying there in the hospital, wide awake and all I could do was cry. I wanted to sleep, but I couldn't. I kept asking God Why? How am I supposed to get through this? Then, I remembered that I have a Bible on my iPad. I read until four in the morning and it was almost like every verse I read was something about how God is always with us. I remembered that footprints poem and it hit me. I can't do this alone, but with my God I can. I can truly testify that God has carried me through the last two weeks. Whenever I started having a bad day, God would send just the right verse, the right person, or the right song to remind me that He has never left me and He never will. 

After hearing Bring the Rain on the radio I prayed that somehow God would use this to bring glory to Him. I asked Him to show me what He wanted me to do. That next day after Barrett was born, I stumbled across something about Project Linus. I had heard of it before, but it had never crossed my mind again until then.

Riding with us always
When I prayed that prayer, I had no idea what the next few days would bring. I never imagined that this door would be opened for me. God has opened a whole new mission field for me, and thousands of you have ministered to me. I cannot describe how blessed I feel that God allowed me to have this amazing little boy and that He has allowed me the opportunity to speak with you all, to pray for you, and to love you. I cannot describe how blessed I feel to have received your words, your prayers, and your love.

Right now, Audrey doesn't understand, but I pray one day she will. I have been saving all of this to add to Barrett's scrapbook so that one day when she is older she can see what our God can do when His people pray.

Two days ago, I asked for you to volunteer or help someone out in memory of my son. I prayed that God would bless lives through that as well and many of you were praying the same thing. By one in the morning, I was already reading through countless responses. Reading your stories was overwhelming in the best way possible. I hope you were just as blessed by what you did as I was when I read your stories. Now, I challenge you to continue that. There is a line in a song by Sidewalk Prophets that says Even if they don't know my name, is there evidence that I've been changed? When they see me do they see You?. That sticks with me. Even if people don't know me, can they still see Jesus?

Through this heartache, God has opened an amazing mission field for us. While I grieve for Barrett, I praise God for what He is doing. As a parent, I have always prayed for God to use my children. I pray that they will be successful and make a difference--a difference in the world and for God's kingdom.

Barrett--You have done far beyond what I ever dreamed. God called you home and though you never took a breath here, He has used your life abundantly. I am one proud momma little man.

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